Luebbe wins, CHS falls just short in playoff
It was a day of ups and downs for the Columbus High Golf team Monday at the district tournament at Elks Country Club.
On one hand Aspen Luebbe continued to show her dominance winning the tournament with a score of 75, and Ashley Warner placed seventh with a 92, qualifying both for state next week in Norfolk.
Columbus as a group was on the brink of a team trip as well until falling just a few shots in a playoff with Grand Island.
The top three move on collectively. The Discoverers and Islanders sat even after 18 holes setting up one playoff hole to decide a winner.
Grand Island was three strokes better and denied Columbus its first team state trip since 2013.
“I’m proud of Aspen and Ashley Warner playing some great rounds,” said CHS head coach Anne Robertson. “Unfortunately it comes down to a couple putts here and there and that’s kind of what cost us winning outright, and obliviously it kind of cost us a little on the playoff.
“We gave ourselves a chance. This was one of our better team scores playing a longer course. I’m proud of all of them, but I think it’s going to be one of those would’ve, could’ve, should’ve for a while for the team. This is going to take me a while to just this one down, because this was a tough way to end the season for a couple of the girls. I’m just thinking how many three-putts were out there, but it is what it is.”
Despite CHS not making state, Werner remained positive about her first trip.
“As a whole I played pretty good and I think my teammates pushed through too,” she said. “It was pretty bad weather, but everyone just fought through and were doing good.
“This was my first season making it to state individually so I’ll definitely have that to remember. I didn’t think it was a rough way to end it. I think we all played really well, and it just didn’t happen this time, but that’s okay.”
Luebbe, who’s season-long performance would have qualified her for her third straight state tournament despite the result, was mostly pleased with how she went about taking the top spot.
“Today I felt pretty solid,” she said. “I’ve come off of some good practices this past weekend slash week, but my play was good. I hit the ball really well and I played how I needed to play today. I was where I needed to be.”
Luebbe has had success all season, winning multiple tournaments and breaking school records along the way.
The state tournament is a tw day event next Monday and Tuesday in Norfolk.
Robertson believes her senior leader will be in contention to win the whole thing.
“Obviously I think she’s going to be one of the contenders,” Robertson said. “I think there’s no reason why she shouldn’t contend to win, but it’s a different course, and a different set up and a different competition for her. I think she has the potential to be right at the top. I’m expecting, hopefully, a top-five at the least.
“With Ashley she’s been really working hard, and playing hard, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she could sneak in to a top-15 position and medal.”
Luebbe has set her own goals for what she hopes to accomplish in her final state rounds.
“My goal this year at state is to play to the best of my ability and to post two good scores hopefully finish with a medal and be up there, but a solid round of play, two rounds of play would be great,” she said.
Other scores for Columbus were Amber Sanne -111, Jacey Hughes - 106, Wendy Castillo - 111.
Lakeview was able to qualify for state as a team as they finished second in the B-2 district meet. The Lady Vikes will play at home in a week at Quail Run, their first state tournament as a team since 2014.
“I’m just proud of the girls and how they progressed,” head coach Angela Witt said. “Not just throughout the season, but especially the two seniors., just how they’ve progressed over the last couple years. I know both of them had the goal of making it to state the last couple years, so I’m really excited for them. I’m happy to see them reach their goal.”
Lakeview was led by Gracie Borer in 10th with a score of 99.
Other Viking scores included Olivia Engel - 100, Paxton Lusche - 113, Ella Meyer - 124 and Torrin Boyer - 185.
Scotus Central Catholic qualified for the state tournament with a runner-up team finish at the Class C District 2 meet at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer.
Given how the Shamrocks have done recently, head coach Tanya Niedbalski admitted to being a little nervous going into state qualifying.
“The wheels were falling off the wagon and they found a way to rubber band them back together and finish and qualify,” she said.
Hannah Allen and MaKenzie Enderlin both finished in the top 10. Allen placed sixth while Enderlin finhsed in seventh, shooting a 105 and 107 respectively.
Other scores for Scouts include Avery Dierman - 114, Alaina Dierman - 121, and Jaycee Ternus - 123
Scotus’ state meet will take place Oct. 8-9 at River’s Edge golf club in North Platte.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com